Enter GLOUCESTER and EDMUND the bastard, with lights
Alack, alack, Edmund, I like not this unnatural dealing.
When I desire their leave that I might pity him, they took
from me the use of mine own house, charged me on pain of
their perpetual displeasure neither to speak of him, entreat
for him, nor any way sustain him.
Most savage and unnatural!
Go to, say you nothing. There’s a division betwixt the
dukes. And a worse matter than that: I have received a letter
this night. 'Tis dangerous to be spoken. I have locked the
letter in my closet. These injuries the king now bears will be
revenged home. There’s part of a power already footed. We
must incline to the king. I will look him and privily relieve
him. Go you and maintain talk with the duke, that my
charity be not of him perceived. If he ask for me, I am ill and
gone to bed. Though I die for it—as no less is threatened
me—the king my old master must be relieved. There is
some strange thing toward, Edmund. Pray you, be careful.
This courtesy, forbid thee, shall the duke
Instantly know, and of that letter too.
20This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me
That which my father loses—no less than all.
The younger rises when the old doth fall.